It took a full 48 hours, but the itchy hives are finally gone. I’m fairly certain that the culprit was a bad batch of raw cashews. So much for eating healthy. Apparently cashew nut shells contain an allergenic resin, and cashews need to be roasted or steamed in order to destroy the resin. I have to wonder: Isn’t this nature’s way of telling us not to eat these? I can’t think of very many other edible things that exist in nature wrapped in poison.
Besides scratching and imagining the heavenly satisfaction of rolling around in a vat of sharp rocks, I’ve been spending most of my time researching pipes for plumbing and DIY combiner boxes. This afternoon I was so excited about PEX tubing that I dragged Jef to Home Depot to buy some tubing and push-in fittings.
Jef happened to read the label on the package:
Yeah, those are going back.
These warnings are on every single PEX fitting package, and they’re obviously selling very well. Are people reading these and figuring, “Eh, it’s just cancer-causing chemicals in my drinking water. It’s not like it’s going to kill me.”?
CPVC, while a little less convenient to install, is seeming like the way to go.
This evening was capped off with an attempt at cutting some steel using a circular saw with an abrasive blade. It worked, but not very well. It looks like a portable band saw is the next tool that I’ll have to buy. I have to admit, I love saws—especially the buttery ones. As in, they cut like a knife through butter. With any luck, tomorrow a new, buttery band saw will rest in my hot little hands and you’ll get to see the positively ingenious feet I’m planning for the roof rack. Well, I’ve got three different designs for the feet and I have no idea which one is going to work. One of them is bound to qualify as ingenious.